Natural Gas, Liquid Fuels
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World CTX 2015: Coal To X and Special Focus on Potential Impact of Shale Gas

The leading hub for coal conversion to high value products, World Coal To X will host its yearly conference in China from April 14 to April 17, 2015.

The overall program features:
– April 14 (Beijing): Coal To X Technologies with a practical focus;
– April 15 (Beiinjg): Plenary Sessions: energy security, projects, economics, introduction to shale gas
– April 16 (Beijing): Plenary Sessions: environment, roundtable on shale gas impact, presentation ceremony of the 2015 World CTX Award;
– April 17 (Yinchuan, Ningxia Autonomous Region): visit of Ningdong Energy & Chemical Industry Base, the multi-plant industrial site of Shenhua Ningxia.

The deadline for proposing papers was December 2. The Organizing Committee will post a first list of speakers by December 9 and the preliminary program by January 9, 2015.

You may propose a candidate for the 2015 World CTX Award: please then click here.

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Coal To X, the Major Gasification Development

Coal To X will remain the leading application of Gasification, particularly in Asia. This is evidenced in the last findings (1) presented at the Gasification Technologies Conference on October 29, 2014 by Higman Consulting.
In Gasification units presently in construction:
99.6% of feedstock will be coal and petroleum coke
94% of output will be chemicals, liquid fuels and gaseous fuels, rather than electricity
98% of them are being built in the Asia/Pacific area, mostly in China.
To access the entire presentation, please visit GTC’s website here (1).

(1) Then select Events, Resource Library, 2014, Annual Conference, Higman Consulting.

CTL & GTL Most Competitive Fuels by 2020

The Australian Liquid Fuels Technology Assessment provides cost estimates for 18 liquid fuel technologies, such as CTL, GTL, conventional fuels, LPG, biomass to DME and biodiesel.
The comparison criteria is the Levelised Cost of Fuel (LCOF), i.e. the total fuel cost in real dollar terms including all costs, amortised over plant economic life.
Among key findings,
– By 2020, several emerging technologies are expected to be available at lower LCOF than currently available petroleum fuels.
Natural gas and coal-derived fuels technologies offer the lowest LCOF over most of the projection period and they remain cost competitive with the lower cost renewable technologies out to 2050, if carbon pricing or cost of carbon capture is not included in the LCOF estimates.

The ALFTA was issued in October 2014 by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics, Government of Australia.